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If you’re having a summer baby, you’re a lucky mama-to-be; there’s nothing like welcoming your little one into a world filled with warm, sunny days. But, having a baby in the summer also lends itself to some pretty specific gear to help you weather, well, the weather. From nursery to neighborhood walks to weekends at the beach, here’s all your registry must-haves for that summer baby of yours.

1. Babybjorn Bouncer Mini.

We know it’s hard to put baby down for even a minute, but BabyBjörn’s new Bouncer Mini will have your newborn resting easy. The Bouncer Mini provides proper support for baby’s neck and back from 0-6 months and offers two positions for resting and playing. Plus it’s made from 100% cotton and free from harmful substances, making it perfect for the summer heat. And since it’s easy to take apart and reassemble (not to mention, no batteries!), it’s great for summer travel too. $129.95. Buy it here.

2. Bumbleride Speed Running Stroller.

There’s no time like summer to get out there and get in shape, and with Bumbleride’s brand new Speed running stroller, you can do it with baby in tow. We’re loving this lightweight and durable stroller, which is not only sleek and stylish, but also made from eco-friendly fabrics and water-conserving dyes. $549. Preorder it here (due out later this month).

3. Cybex Cloud Q Car Seat.

The latest and greatest infant car seat from Cybex will be perfect for hitting the road this summer. Safe, snug and oh-so-soft and cozy (including a full-recline position outside of the car), it’s also got a fold-away sun canopy made from UVP50+ material. $449.95. Buy it here.

4. Parasol Diapers.

We’ve never actually used the word luxury with diapers before, but Parasol has us rethinking our vocabulary. These brand new diapers are the trifecta: super-soft, super-thin and super-absorbent. And while we’re loving their summery, whimsical designs, we’re loving even more that they’re eco-friendly and nontoxic. $70/month subscription. Buy it here.

5. Babybjorn Carrier One Air.

Babywearing is the best way to make your life exponentially easier as a new mom, and BabyBjörn’s soft and cozy Carrier One Air, made from breathable mesh, is the best way to do it all summer long. It’s ergonomic for baby, comfortable for mama, and easy to use from Day 1 (with no infant insert) through 3 years, thanks to four front and back carrying positions. $190. Buy it here.

6. Skip Hop Highline Convertible Backpack.

Nobody knows the day to day of a NYC mama better than Skip Hop. The company’s new Highline Convertible Backpack has got every pocket and pouch you could possibly need, and can be converted from backpack to crossbody to tote. $200. Buy it here.

7. BabyBjörn Travel Crib Light.

The best way to keep baby sleeping safe and sound no matter where your summer travels take you, is to invest in an amazing travel crib. BabyBjörn’s Travel Crib Light will make your road trip easy breezy: it’s lightweight to carry, simple to set up and fold away, and includes a soft, comfy mattress that will have baby snoozing like, well, a baby, in no time. $300. Buy it here.

8. Petit Pehr Muslin Swaddles.

No piece of baby gear will get more summer stage time than a trusty muslin swaddle, which can go from spit-up saver to nursing cover to picnic blanket to, yes, baby swaddle in the blink of an eye. This fun summer style from Petit Pehr will brighten your day. $20. Buy it here.

9. Phil & Ted’s Lobster Chair.

Keep your summer brunch game strong, even with baby. Phil & Ted’s Lobster Chair clips on to just about every table, from that hard to get into restaurant down the street to the one in your own kitchen, meaning you can skip the bulky high chair. $90 Buy it here.

10. Tommee Tippee Pump & Go Starter Set.

Breastfeeding -- and pumping -- is harder than it looks, so it helps having the right resources from the get-go. Tommee Tippee’s new Pump & Go attaches to just about every pump out there, and includes everything you need to keep breastfeeding even when you can’t be with baby all day. The bottles also work great for a formula-feeding mom! $100. Buy it here.

11. Goat Milk Onesies.

This organic, neutral onesie from the cozy kid’s clothing brand Goatmilk will be your baby’s summer uniform. Buy one for every day of the week, and then switch up some cute bloomers and booties and voila! You’ve got an instagram-worthy look with basically no effort. $30. Buy it here.

12. Giggle Bath Time Gift Set.

We’re all about making baby’s first bath a little less stressful, and giggle’s new trio of bath collection is a big help. Part of the new giggle lotions & potions line, these bath products are made in the USA and formulated with safe, pure, gentle and earth-friendly ingredients that are free of artificial colors/fragrances, parabens and Phthalates. $30. Buy it here.

13. Puj Splash Newborn Bath Set.

Whether you’re looking to save a little space in your apartment, or need an easy bath to pack for your summer travels, Puj’s Flyte infant bath fits the bill (and sink!). This Splash Newborn gift set also includes Puj’s smartly designed hooded towel, plus 3 peel and stick “Nubs” that will help you hang no matter where you go. $75. Buy it here.

14. Cloud B On the Go Sleep Sheep.

Unless you’re expecting a sound-proof booth to magically appear for every baby nap and overnight, you might want to bring a little Sleep Sheep (yup, only 8 inches tall!) along on your summer travels. It’s got 4 soothing nature sounds, 2 sleep-timer options, and a velcro strap for easy attachment anywhere and anytime. $25. Buy it here.

15. Belly Armor Smart NOVA Monitor.

Those first few weeks (ok months, and even years), you’ll probably want to keep an eye on baby every second of the day. Even when he’s sleeping right in the next room. Spy safely with the Smart NOVA Baby Monitor, which emits 97% less radiation than traditional digital monitors. $149. Buy it here.

All BabyBjörn original photography by Lauren Crew for Well Rounded NY.

*We are so grateful when brands support our content and community. This post was sponsored by BabyBjörn.

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With two babies in tow, getting out the door often becomes doubly challenging. From the extra things to carry to the extra space needed in your backseat, it can be easy to feel daunted at the prospect of a day out. But before you resign yourself to life indoors, try incorporating these five genius products from Nuna to get you and the littles out the door. (Because Vitamin D is important, mama!)

1. A brilliant double stroller

You've got more to carry—and this stroller gets it. The DEMI™ grow stroller from Nuna easily converts from a single ride to a double stroller thanks to a few easy-to-install accessories. And with 23 potential configurations, you're ready to hit the road no matter what life throws at you.

DEMI™ grow stroller
$799.95, Nuna

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2. A light car seat

Lugging a heavy car seat is the last thing a mama of two needs to have on her hands. Instead, pick up the PIPA™ lite, a safe, svelte design that weighs in at just 5.3 pounds (not counting the canopy or insert)—that's less than the average newborn! When you need to transition from car to stroller, this little beauty works seamlessly with Nuna's DEMI™ grow.

PIPA™ lite car seat
$349.95, Nuna

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3. A super safe car seat base

The thing new moms of multiples really need to get out the door? A little peace of mind. The PIPA™ base features a steel stability leg for maximum security that helps to minimize forward rotation during impact by up to 90% (compared to non-stability leg systems) and 5-second installation for busy mamas.

PIPA™ base
(included with purchase of PIPA™ series car seat or) Nuna, $159.95

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4. A diaper bag you want to carry

It's hard to find an accessory that's as stylish as it is functional. But the Nuna diaper bag pulls out all the stops with a sleek design that perfectly conceals a deceptively roomy interior (that safely stores everything from extra diapers to your laptop!). And with three ways to wear it, even Dad will want to take this one to the park.

Diaper bag
$179.95, Nuna

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5. A crib that travels

Getting a new baby on a nap schedule—while still getting out of the house—is hard. But with the SENA™ aire mini, you can have a crib ready no matter where your day takes you. It folds down and pops up easily for sleepovers at grandma's or unexpected naps at your friend's house, and the 360-degree ventilation ensures a comfortable sleep.

SENA aire mini
$199.95, Nuna

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With 5 essentials that are as flexible as you need to be, the only thing we're left asking is, where are you going to go, mama?

This article was sponsored by Nuna. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.


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Baby stuff comes in such cute prints these days. Gone are the days when everything was pink and blue and covered in ducks or teddy bears. Today's baby gear features stylish prints that appeal to mom.

That's why it's totally understandable how a mama could mistake a car seat cover for a cute midi skirt. It happened to Lori Farrell, and when she shared her mishap on Facebook she went viral before she was even home from work. Fellow moms can totally see the humor in Farrell's mishap, and thankfully, so can she.

As for how a car seat cover could be mistaken for a skirt—it's pretty simple, Farrell tells Motherly.

"A friend of mine had given me a huge lot of baby stuff, from clothes to baby carriers to a rocker and blankets and when I pulled it out I was not sure what it was," she explains. "I debated it but washed it anyway then decided because of the way it pulled on the side it must be a maternity skirt."

Farrell still wasn't 100% sure if she was right by the time she headed out the door to work, but she rocked the ambiguous attire anyway.

"When I got to work I googled the brand and realized not only do they not sell clothing but it was a car seat cover."

The brand, Itzy Ritzy, finds the whole thing pretty funny too, sharing Farell's viral moment to its official Instagram.

It may be a car seat cover, but that print looks really good on this mama.

And if you want to copy Farell's style, the Itzy Ritzy 4-in-1 Nursing Cover, Car Seat Cover, Shopping Cart Cover and Infinity Scarf (and skirt!) is available on Amazon for $24.94.

Motherly is your daily #momlife manual; we are here to help you easily find the best, most beautiful products for your life that actually work. We share what we love—and we may receive a commission if you choose to buy.You've got this.

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Daycare for infants is expensive across the country, and California has one of the worst states for parents seeking care for a baby. Putting an infant in daycare in California costs $2,914 more than in-state tuition for four years of college, according to the Economic Policy Institute.

Paying north of $1,000 for daycare each month is an incredible burden, especially on single-parent families. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services defines affordable childcare as costing no more than 10% of a family's income—by that definition, less than 29% of families in California can afford infant care. Some single parents spend half their income on day care. It is an incredible burden on working parents.

But that burden may soon get lighter. CBS Sacramento reports California may put between $25 and $35 million into child care programs to make day care more affordable for parents with kids under 3 years old.

Assembly Bill 452, introduced this week, could see $10 million dollars funneled into Early Head Start (which currently gets no money from the state but does get federal funding) and tens of millions more would be spent on childcare for kids under three.

The bill seeks to rectify a broken childcare system. Right now, only about 14% of eligible infants and toddlers are enrolled in subsidized programs in California, and in 2017, only 7% of eligible children younger than three years of age accessed Early Head Start.

An influx of between $25 to $35 million dollars could see more spaces open up for kids under three, as Bill 452, if passed, would see the creation of "grants to develop childcare facilities that serve children from birth to three years of age."

This piece of proposed legislation comes weeks after California's governor announced an ambitious plan for paid parental leave, and as another bill, AB 123, seeks to strengthen the state's pre-kindergarten program.

Right now, it is difficult for some working parents to make a life in California, but by investing in families, the state's lawmakers could change that and change California's future for the better.

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When a mama gets married, in most cases she wants her children to be part of her big day. Photographers are used to hearing bride-to-be moms request lots of pictures of their big day, but when wedding photographer Laura Schaefer of Fire and Gold Photography heard her client Dalton Mort planned to wear her 2-year-old daughter Ellora instead of a veil, she was thrilled.

A fellow mama who understands the benefits of baby-wearing, Schaefer was keen to capture the photos Mort requested. "When I asked Dalton about what some of her 'must get' shots would be for her wedding, she specifically asked for ones of her wearing Ellie, kneeling and praying in the church before the tabernacle," Schaefer tells Motherly.

She got those shots and so many more, and now Mort's toddler-wearing wedding day pics are going viral.

"Dalton wore Ellie down the aisle and nursed her to sleep during the readings," Schaefer wrote on her blog, explaining that Ellie then slept through the whole wedding mass.

"As a fellow mother of an active toddler, this is a HUGE win! Dalton told me after that she was SO grateful that Ellie slept the whole time because she was able to focus and really pray through the Mass," Schaefer explains.

Dalton was able to concentrate on her wedding day because she made her baby girl a part of it (and that obviously tired Ellie right out).

Ellie was part of the commitment and family Dalton if forging with her husband, Jimmy Joe. "There is no better behaved toddler than a sleeping toddler, and she was still involved, even though I ended up unwrapping her to nurse her. I held her in my arms while my husband and I said our vows. It was really special for us," Dalton told POPSUGAR.

This is a wedding trend we are totally here for!

Congrats to Dalton and Jimmy Joe (and to Ellie)! 🎉

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The internet is freaking out about how Peppa Pig is changing the way toddlers speak, but parents don't need to be too worried.

As Romper first reported, plenty of American parents have noticed that preschoolers are picking up a bit of a British accent thanks to Peppa. Romper's Janet Manley calls it "the Peppa effect," noting that her daughter started calling her "Mummy" after an in-flight Peppa marathon.


Plenty of other parents report sharing Manley's experience, but the British accent is not likely to stick, experts say.

Toronto-based speech and language pathologist Melissa James says this isn't a new thing—kids have always been testing out the accents they hear on TV and in the real world, long before Peppa oinked her way into our Netflix queues.

"Kids have this amazing ability to pick up language," James told Global News. "Their brains are ripe for the learning of language and it's a special window of opportunity that adults don't possess."

Global News reports that back in the day there were concerns about Dora The Explorer potentially teaching kids Spanish words before the kids had learned the English counterparts, and over in the U.K., parents have noticed British babies picking up American accents from TV, too.

But it's not a bad thing, James explains. When an American adult hears "Mummy" their brain translates it to "Mommy," but little kids don't yet make as concrete a connection. "When a child, two, three or four, is watching a show with a British accent and hears [words] for the first time, they are mapping out the speech and sound for that word in the British way."

So if your baby is oinking at you, calling you "Mummy" or testing out a new pronunciation of "toh-mah-toe," know that this is totally natural, and they're not going to end up with a life-long British pig accent.

As Dr, Susannah Levi, associate professor of communicative sciences and disorders at New York University, tells The Guardian, "it's really unlikely that they'd be acquiring an entire second dialect from just watching a TV show."

It sure is cute though.

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